National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - who must be paid it

Apprentices' entitlement to the minimum wage rate


All apprentices under the age of 19 or aged 19 and over and in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are participating in an apprenticeship at Level 3 or below. See current minimum wage rates including the apprentice rates.

Once the apprentice is aged 19 or over and has completed a year of their apprenticeship, they are then entitled to the minimum rate for their age.

This does not apply to Higher Level Apprenticeships.

If the individual is not engaged on an apprenticeship contract or participating in a government funded apprenticeship you must pay them at least the minimum rate for their age unless they fall into one of the groups who are exempt from the minimum wage.

See apprenticeships: delivering work-based training and qualifications to employees.